2008 Student Research Conference:
21st Annual Student Research Conference

Reliability of Phonetic Transcription by Communication Disorders Students
Megan A. Knoche♦* and Alyson L. Hendry♦
Dr. Janet Gooch, Faculty Mentor

Measures of interjudge and intrajudge reliability were calculated from the phonetic transcriptions of undergraduate and graduate Communication Disorders students. Reliability measures were evaluated to determine factors that influenced transcription agreement. Factors included the student's grade in their Phonetics course, attitude toward transcription, and year in school. The institution at which the student received phonetic transcription training, the student's perception of their transcription skills, and additional coursework were also evaluated. Results showed that students who had more opportunities for the review of the phonetic alphabet and practice of transcription had significantly higher interjudge reliability percentages on the transcription task. Interjudge reliability scores were significantly related to the students' self-assessment of their knowledge of the International Phonetic Alphabet. Additionally, a significant positive correlation between attitude and overall course grade was found. Implications of these findings relative to instructional methods and transcription reliability of speech-language pathologists and student clinicians will be discussed.

Keywords: phonetics, International Phonetic Alphabet, transcription, student performance, interjudge and reliabilty

Topic(s):Communication Disorders

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 4-2
Location: VH 1010
Time: 8:30

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